Friday, August 30, 2013

I am so excited!!!

Have you heard?
Did you know?
Are you coming along?
My sweet, dear, friend Linda...
the Queen of Swaps...
the Leader of 
A Swap for All Seasons
is coming back to Swapland!!!
You can read about it HERE

The fun starts on September 1st....that's Sunday!!!
We've waited a long time for her return!
Thanks, Linda....can't wait to be back in the saddle with you!


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Week 4 in the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Stamp Blog Hop...Winter

For the past 4 weeks, five crafters and myself, have been participating in the 
Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Stamp Blog Hop!
Every Tuesday in August, we have each posted a seasonal project
using a Prima Paper doll Stamp.
If you leave a comment on each of the Tuesday blog posts,
you will be eligible for some Blog Candy, which is described below.
If you are a follower or become a follower, you will get a second chance.
Finally, if you blog about the Hop or post on your
Facebook or Twitter, a third chance will be yours.
The winner from my blog will be chosen on Friday August 30th

I really can't believe it is the last week of August!
August in Pittsburgh has basically been the coolest month of the summer, 
of any August I can remember, actually. 
have enjoyed it immensely. 
It has been nice to have the air conditioning off and the windows open.. 
(I don't know what this means for Septemeber)

Anyway, the weeks in August have flow and so have the Four Seasons in the
Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Stamp Blog Hop!

We have arrived at Winter!
I knew from the first week what I wanted to make for my Winter project.
An art board using only shades of white with some silver and some bling!

The board is 5 x 7 inches...

Materials used were: a doily, adhesive backed white felt,
Prima chiffon mini flowers, glitter cardstock, silver ribbon,
platinum ink, adhesive rhinestones by Recollections,
Sizzlet by Sizzix die cut snowflakes, dimensional tape, 
Copic markers and of course
I mentioned last time that Scamp was a wood-mount Hero Arts stamp that
I didn't think was available any longer. My friends Diane and Cheryl have alerted
me that Scamp is now available as part of a clear stamp set
 and the set can be found on eBay here for $4.99!
I also asked if you could guess another theme besides using Scamp in every project...
I chose to use all little girl stamps in my 4 Seasons projects.
I have all of the Prima Paper doll Stamps but limited
myself to the little girl stamps...they worked better with the pup! :D 

Well, we've come to the end of the year and I must say
that this is the most creative fun I've had for a while!
The other women who are participating in this Blog Hop
are all wildly gifted and I have enjoyed getting to know them
and seeing their work. I hope you have, too.

Remember that to be eligible to win the Blog Candy, 
you need to leave a comment on each Tuesdays' post.

This is the blog candy....and another surprise will be included
NOTE: This doll stamp and the wing were used in my final project...
the chiffon flowers, too!

To go to each post, just click on the season...


and now Winter

OK-it's time to hop to the other Bloggers if you haven't already done so...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for your visits and your comments these last 4 weeks.
You have been gracious and have left some very thoughtful and kind remarks.
I've learned a lot from the other gals in this group and
I hope you have, too.
I will be back soon with more projects and stories to share.
Visit any are always welcome!

Monday, August 26, 2013

The Final Sneak Peek for Week 4 of the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Blog Hop

I wasn't going to post a sneak peek for tomorrow because I'm running a bit behind today...but I couldn't let it go by without a little something...

Also, in the interest of keeping it real...I wanted to let you see what my work table looks like right now...

This is the explanation as pinned on Pinterest...

Have a nice evening and I'll see you tomorrow!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Week 3 in the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Blog Hop...FALL!

Delicious Autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were
a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the 
successive autumns.  ~George Eliot

I love the Fall.....the cooler temperatures,
the colors of the leaves before they drift from their branches,
the smells of apples and pumpkin pie,
the return of football games...and of course, hockey.

This week, our focus is on

Before I reveal my project, I want to remind everyone about
the Blog Hop guidelines...
Each Tuesday in August, the participants of the
Paper Doll Blog Hop are posting a project by season.
Our last post will be next Tuesday, August 27.
On August 30th, each of us will choose a winner of our 
Blog Candy. To win, you must 
Leave a comment on each of the Tuesday
 blog posts in August.
(Don't forget to include your email important!)
If you are a follower or become a follower of my blog you
have an additional chance.
If you post about the Paper Doll Blog Hop
 on your blog, you have a third chance.

OK, no long tutorial this week. I thought I would share, in pictures, 
the evolution of a project.

You start with the elements you want to use...

A decision is made on the size of your project, based on the number and size of the items
 you're including,  This week's project board is 5.5" x 8".
I started with a Cheerios box cutout and covered it in background paper...

then, you decide on a layout...this can change as you start working it...
I knew I wanted rolling hills, a pumpkin, sunflower, Bingo card,
wagon, and of course the dog, whom I've named Scamp!
This was my first layout...

This is what it became...

Did you notice that in the first layout, I used a marker to color her 
turtleneck and sleeves? Hated the look! Stamped the neck, sleeves and pockets 
in the brown polka dot paper.
Thanks to the brilliance of Mary Puskar, I brazenly cut her feet apart
to enable me to cut away the paper between her legs without
needing to use a craft blade.Thanks, Mary!
the details...

I stamped the doll on printed paper this time...I really like her with red hair.

Hard to believe that Fall is a month away!

The wagon was cut using the Cricut Cartridge, 
"Just Because" cards.
Several people have asked me about The stamp I used for Scamp.
He is a wood-mount Hero Arts stamp. I've had
this stamp for years and I looked on-line to try to find a link but 
I'm sorry, I couldn't find it anywhere.

The pumpkins is a Quickutz die and the the leaves were punched.

Several years ago I was on a Design Team for Say It With Letters, a 
company that makes wood cut letters and shapes.
 You can find their Etsy shop here. Their products are of  high quality and
lots of fun to work with.
I did a Fall project for them, posted here, using my favorite
 WeR Memory Keepers Autumn Splendor papers.
I used some of those same papers on my project today.

Do you sense a theme going on with my projects?
Yes, the dog is part of it...can you guess the rest?

Here is the blog candy you could win!

It's time for you to hop to the other artist's blogs now...

OK- that's all for now! Remember that next week is the final week...
Grab your mittens and scarf!

NOTE: Someone asked in the comment section about the sunflower. It was made using a 2 x 2 Quickutz die.
If you leave a message and don't give your name or an email address, it's impossible to answer your question or reply to your's also not possible for you to have a chance at winning the Blog Candy. Please help me out by leaving contact information. Thanks a bunch!

Monday, August 19, 2013

Sneak Peek of Week the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Blog Hop

Today, the title of this blog post is longer than post itself ! :D

See you tomorrow!


Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Week 2 in the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Stamp Blog Hop!!!

If you've known me, for even a short time, you know that I
am a banner maker. I make them for friends, for gifts,
custom banners for babies and baby showers,
and I also sell them at several Craft Fairs in our area.
I love banners and I love making them!
Some folks call them garlands but whatever you call them, I love them.
I knew that one of these projects for the Blog Hop would involve a banner/garland
and it's this week's subject, SUMMER! 
The paper was an easy choice...
Simple Stories Summer Fresh papers...

Happy papers in the 6x6-inch paper pad to use for clothing

Journaling blocks in the 12x12-inch papers to cut 
apart and use as banner panel backgrounds.

Cardstock stickers for embellishment
(I'm not a big sticker user but these are just too cute to ignore!)

Step one is stamping the doll...

I used a light tan cardstock because it is Summer...
just a light tan because she always remembers to use sunscreen
Because I wanted her to be sturdy,
I glued her to cardboard for stability and cut her out...

I try to Recycle...I use cereal boxes and cracker boxes...they are heavy enough
to add the needed heft to the doll

Then, stamp and cut those areas being paper-pieced.
Who wouldn't like yellow gingham hair?

I stamped and cut the entire dress in the red dot and
then stamped and cut the over-skirt in the blue print

Then, the banner pieces...
Each banner piece is a 4"x 6.5" piece of red cardstock, backed by a
4"x 7" piece of white cardstock.

After I attached the white piece, I used my scissors
with a scalloped edge to trim close to the red paper.

Using two layers of cardstock ensures a stronger banner piece.
To the red cardstock I added the journaling cards cut from the 12" x 12" sheets
of patterned paper. The journaling cards are each 4" x 6".
Using the Alphalicious Cricut Cartridge, I cut the
letters to spell s-u-m-m-e-r and added them to the journaling cards.
The last thing was placing the cardstock stickers on some of the
banner peices to embellish them.
Here's the finished banner.

Rather than punch holes and string ribbon through the banner pieces, I chose
to use rough twine (mine comes from Home Depot!) and
small clothespins that have been sprayed white.
Here is the detail...
Remember that you can click on any of the pictures to enlarge them

and the star of the banner...

Miss Olive

I just free-hand drew the sunglasses (like you couldn't tell that-LOL!

Below just shows some of the cute detail of one of the banner pieces.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Summer banner made with the Julie Nutting for
Prima Paper Doll Stamps.
This is the second post of the series...remember to leave a comment on this post,
and all Tuesday posts in August, with your email address to be eligible for the
 BLOG CANDY prize on August 30th.
If you are a follower of my blog, or become a follower,
you get an additional chance.
This is the Blog Candy...

Thanks for hanging in there for this long, wordy, picture heavy, tutorial post!
I'd give every one of you a prize if I could!!

Now it's time to hop to the other's Blogs, if you haven't already done so

Joyce (Scrap For Joy)- that's me

Dar (Dar's Crafty Creations)

Mary (Primitive Seasons)

Lisa (A Mermaid's Crafts)

Diane (Nellie's Nest)

Mindy (Mulberry Mindy)

See you next time~get a sweater, it will be FALL


Sunday, August 11, 2013

A Sneak Peek for Summer Project Using the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Stamps

Just a little peek today...
come back tomorrow for the full reveal!

Yes, it's that little pooch again. He is appearing in the
 next project here at Scrap For Joy.'s the time for fresh corn and watermelon!'s all about Fun in the Sun's the season to enjoy lazy afternoons's going too fast!!!!

See you tomorrow :D


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Blog Candy, some questions answered and more paper dolls

Hi everyone!
I am overwhelmed by the response to my first
project in the 
 Julie Nutting Paper Doll Stamp Blog Hop!
You are all so kind and I will respond to
everyone even though it might take a little while.

Before I get on to anything else, I wanted to show you the 
Blog Candy
you can win from me by leaving a comment
 on each of my  Tuesday Blog Posts in August
You don't need to have a blog 
but you do need to leave me your name and
 email address so that I have a way to contact you. Thanks!
On to the candy

Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll Stamp-Riley
Julie Nutting for Prima Wings stamp
Crate Paper 6x6 Paper Pad
(the small prints of the 6x6-inch pads are the best for the clothing.)
White chiffon flowers for embellishing
I will repost this picture every Tuesday just so you
don't forget what you could win!!

Several ladies asked about my brick wall background.
I used this Penny Black stamp

(for the local stampers, I purchased this stamp at Stamp Fanci)
It is a large background stamp but not big enough for 
my project which is 6.5" x 8.5".
I stamped an 8.5 x 11" piece of cardstock in
four sections 

I was surprised by how easy it was to match up the bricks.
Where there was a break, I just used a black Micron pen to fill in.
Here's a closer look...

I was pleased with the results and I'm sure that I'll get a lot of
use from this stamp.
Other supplies I used for this piece were:
Cricut Seasonal Cake Art cartridge for the grass
Basic Grey Serendipity 6x6 Paper Pad
Umbrella and flower dies from Quickutz.
If you have any other questions please ask...I love to hear from you!

I don't know what else to say about the Julie Nutting for Prima Paper Doll stamps
other than they are the most stamping fun I've had in a long time.
The dolls can be colored with pencils, markers or water colors or
my favorite method; paper piecing. Fun! Fun! Fun!
Here are other recent projects I have completed using
the paper doll stamps... to work on Summer!
Remember that comments need to be left on the
Tuesday posts to be Blog Candy eligible.
I'll post a peek on Monday, August 12
and the new post will go up on Tuesday the 13th!
Have a good week!



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